Coffee and Tea (1)

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COFFEE AND TEA [1]. AKA and see "Jamie Allen's Fancy." English, Reel (whole and cut time). G Major (Bruce & Stokoe, Vickers): A Major (Cocks). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Bruce & Stokoe): AABB (Cocks, Doyle, Vickers). Matt Seattle remarks that Bruce & Stokoe are the source for the alternate title "Jamie Allen's Fancy," a title that refers to a famous late 18th century Northumbrian piper. However, there is no corroboration of this from any other source (Seattle notes that "it is not mentioned in the biography of James Allan"), and he cautions that the authors of Northumbrian Minstrelsy are sometimes unreliable. He believe's Vickers' version to be superior.

The tune predates Vickers, however, and appears in John Johnson's A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1747, p. 54), and John Walsh's Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (London, 1474, p. 193).

Source for notated version: William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection [1] (Northumberland).

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 164. Cocks (Tutor for the Northumbrian Half-Long Bagpipes), 1925; No. 19, p. 12. Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 29. Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances).

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